Abandoned A6M3 Model 32 Zero fighter (Lt. (jg) Kazuo Tsunoda), Buna, New Guinea, circa 1943; the four characters below the serial number noted Bang Uiseok, name of the Korean who funded this aircraft

Caption   Abandoned A6M3 Model 32 Zero fighter (Lt. (jg) Kazuo Tsunoda), Buna, New Guinea, circa 1943; the four characters below the serial number noted Bang Uiseok, name of the Korean who funded this aircraft
Source   United States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
Identification Code   1996.488.159.030
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  1. Bill says:
    9 Oct 2011 04:34:54 PM

    Mitsubishi A6M3, Model 32 s/n 3030 "Hamp" captured on December 27, 1942, HouKoku-872, 2nd Kokutai the tail numbers were red, and outlined in white, a color photo of the Zero was taken.

    The base was attacked by US P-39s and B-26 bombers, Zero Q-102 took part in dogfights, returned to base damaged and later abandoned due to lack of parts, that made repairs impossible. Two Zeros were captured and later transported to Australia for technical
    evaluation at Eagle farm, parts from these aircraft were used, to make one flyable zero for tests.

    First photo looks like same Hamp taken from right side. Photo with comment taken from left side, showing tail number Q-102, and missing propeller and spinner.


    During WWII many aircraft were fonded by the Japanese people, Individuals, Companies and Private Organizations money was collected or donated to buy military equipment even scrap drives were organized to supply needed
  2. Bill says:
    26 Oct 2011 03:28:47 PM

    Like the USA during WWII, Japan also had its scrap drives. Groups collected money to pay for military equipment.
    Aircraft were funded by patriotic groups, private individuals, both large and small business, schools and heavy industry such finance were not as common with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, as it was with the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force.


    When the Navy received donated aircraft, it carried a donation number and the name of the funder, on the fuselage sides the A6M3 Hamp Model 32 Q-103, in above photograph was donated by a Korean funder, along with the
    Houkoku number 872.


    Companies as All-South-Sea-Moss & Sea-weed Processing Co., Aoshima Fine Thread Cloth
    Co., and from the workers of Showa Heavy Industry and the Mom and Pop shops, to name a few. Say people, I'm not making this up.

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